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We would like to thank everyone who has given generously in support of Rory and our family over the last 10 years. You helped us all survive and we have been able to give Rory an exceptional life because of your kindness. Words cannot express how much this has meant to us. xox Leigh and Sean

Trip to Disneyworld USA 2011

In 2010 we were the recipient of a fantastic week in Disneyworld, Orlando, USA courtesy of the the Huapai-Kumeu Lions Club in Auckland. Air New Zealand offered us discounted airfares which were covered by the Mellowpuff Trust ( We fundraised for the remainder of the trip and received the most fantastic support from the community. Money found its way to us in many ingenious ways. Donations were received following an article in the Midweek newspaper, people donated via Rory's website, letters arrived in our mail box and at Smokeylemon, staff came up to us at work, Inglewood Primary organised fundraising events and people visited our home. A total of $15,000 was gifted which enabled us to extend our stay and visit Kennedy Space Centre, Legoland, Downtown Disney, several wildlife reserves and enjoy an airboat ride.

We were overwhelmed and deeply touched by people's generosity and also their stories and best wishes. I tried to record the names of all those who helped make the trip possible. We feel like you were with us on our adventure.


Support for Rory's family in 2009 following his diagnosis with cancer

In 2009 a total of $21,345 was donated to Rory and his family by the New Zealand community and they were the recipients of many kind and generous acts. This enabled Leigh and Sean to focus on supporting Rory for nine months while he fought for his life. 

They would particularly like to thank and acknowledge the following people; Grannie and Grandad Gardiner, Nana and Poppa Honnor, Uncle Guy, Auntie Teri and Uncle Graham, Trudi and Kody Johnston and family, Brenda Crawford, Dianne and Riccardo Zuchetto, the staff in the Policy and Monitoring Department at Whangarei District Council, the Wily family, Mandy McGregor and the staff at Smokeylemon, Clive and Iris Fremlin, Katherine and Kory Morrison, the Burns family, the staff at Dargaville Primary School (particularly Whaea Danielle, Wendy Hallett, Jenny Vallance, Mr Russek, Mrs MacLean, Mrs Stevens), the staff on Ward 26a Starship Hospital particularly Andrew Law, Dr Jason, and the nurses, the staff on Ward 27A at Starship Hospital, particularly Dr Stephen and the nurses, the Miller family, the Newman family, the Jeffries family, Tim Shaw, Moneypenny aka Lyn, the New Plymouth girls and family (Jo, Janine, Darlene, Cindy), Heni Mathews, Pabs, Ross and Karen Wharfe, Uncle Hami and Auntie Hilary, Sandy and the staff at Hell's Pizza New Plymouth, Kaipara Mayor Neil Tiller, Jason Campbell, Ian Hunter, the Friends of Brain Injured Children NZ Trust, and Oona Smith and Make a Wish NZ.

Dargaville Primary School Rory Day

Whangarei District Council - Future Planning Team Fundraiser (2009)

Kaipara Community Kina Cut for Rory (2009)

Hair was falling in the Dargaville main street June 2009 as 16 people shaved their heads to support Rory. Three prominent and lovely blokes in the community went first, Mayor Neil Tiller, Dargaville Primary Principal Mr Russek and the owner of Dargaville Hunting and Fishing Jason Campbell. They were followed by six burly blokes from Carters Building Supplies, the two youngest members, Zach Wily (8) a good friend of Rory's and Rory's brother Sam (9). The two crowd pleasers were planned for the end of the event, dad Sean who had his head shaved by Rory and Dargaville dynamo Trudi who shed some tears as her hair fell. Three spontaneous members of the crowd came up on stage to cap off the event, Mark Wily owner of Blah Blah Blah Cafe, Lucy Heller, and intermediate pupil Tahlia Rogers-Brown. The cake stall, the sale of green Rory ribbons, a bbq and the auction of a flax kete rounded off activities. There was great support from the Kaipara community and $3,759.90 was raised on the day.

Rory and his family would like to say a massive thank you to the following for their generous support;

Trudi Johnston & Katherine Milich (organisers), Ad Focus, Kaipara Mayor Neil Tiller, Hunting & Fishing, Blondyz Hairdressing, Circus Kumarani, Carters Building Supplies, Gillespie Panelbeaters, Dargaville Primary School, Dave & Gay Duder, Gloria's Flowers & Gifts, Clive and Iris Fremlin and the many volunteers.

The Pioneer Bar 'Rory Gardiner fundraiser bake off'

The Pioneer Bar and the wider Orewa community held a "Dessert Bake Off" in June 2009. The evening was a huge success with lots of yummy desserts and cake being auctioned off after judging. The 'local' entertainment generated a great atmosphere, resulting in a truely AMAZING $1,512.70 being raised!!!

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